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ERIC Number: EJ866282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0737-7363
All Work and No PLA Makes Jack a Dull Boy
Popova-Gonci, Viktoria
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v57 n1 p42-44 2009
In this article, the author presents an assortment of approaches--building blocks--commonly used in Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) practices (this list is certainly not comprehensive): (1) course matching (comparing course requirements to a student's prior learning experiences); (2) student's ability to articulate learning gained from experiences; (3) academic acculturation (student's ability to exercise college level critical thinking and writing conventions); (4) PLA as a bridge between experience and academic learning; (5) PLA as a learning process (as opposed to mere assessment process); and (6) evaluators as translators of student's experiences into academic credits. If viewed individually, each approach seems to provide a solid foundation for PLA practices. Yet, if one considers these approaches interactively, as constituent cooperative pieces of one process, one will encounter a number of incompatible, even conflicting, combinations. Some of the combinations that may result are presented. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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